Norman Parkinson

Images
Works
  • Norman Parkinson, Audrey Hepburn II, Italy, 1955
    Norman Parkinson
    Audrey Hepburn II, Italy, 1955
    C-Type Print
    55 x 45 in
    140 x 114 cm
  • Norman Parkinson, Jerry Hall, Russia, 1975
    Norman Parkinson
    Jerry Hall, Russia, 1975
    C-Type Print
    60 x 40 in
    153 x 102 cm
  • Norman Parkinson, Jerry Hall, Russia, 1975
    Norman Parkinson
    Jerry Hall, Russia, 1975
    C-Type Print
    60 x 40 in
    153 x 102 cm
  • Norman Parkinson, Wenda and Ostriches, 1951
    Norman Parkinson
    Wenda and Ostriches, 1951
    Gelatin Silver Print
    40 x 30 in
    102 x 77 cm
Biography

"I like to make people look as good as they'd like to look, and with luck, a shade better."

Norman Parkinson (1913-1990) was the Twentieth Century’s most celebrated fashion photographer. He pioneered epic storytelling in his images, taking portrait and fashion photography beyond the stiff formality of his predecessors and injecting an easy and casual elegance into the art. His photographs created the age of the supermodel and made him the photographer of choice for celebrities, artists, Presidents and Prime Ministers. He was a permanent fixture at historic moments photographing the British Royal Family, in private and public, as well as leading figures from the worlds of film, theatre, and music. Subjects include Audrey Hepburn, The Beatles, Twiggy, Grace Coddington, David Bowie, Iman, Jerry Hall and countless others. In a career that spanned seven decades, Parkinson dazzled the world and inspired his peers with sparkling inventiveness as a portrait and fashion photographer.

 

Parkinson worked for a wide range of publications, notably Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country and other international magazines, which brought him worldwide recognition. He reinvented himself and fashion photography throughout his career, from his ground-breaking, spontaneous images of the 1930s, through the war years and the Swinging Sixties to the exotic locations of the 1970s and 1980s. By the end of his life he had become a household name, the recipient of a CBE, Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and the subject of a large scale retrospective at the National Portrait Gallery, London. And yet fewer than 200 of his photographs have ever been seen or exhibited outside of their initial publication and his archive of more than 500,000 images provides a historic record, rich to explore. Norman Parkinson died whist on location in Singapore shooting for Town & Country in 1990.